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Mountain Collegium 2018

July 1 - July 7

Mountain Collegium, a weeklong workshop of early and folk music and dance, was the inspiration of George Kelischek, an instrument builder who began his wood-working career as an apprentice cabinetmaker in post-war Germany. In 1972, George and Rosemarie Kelischek held the first Mountain Collegium in Brasstown with two faculty – George himself and Arnold “Arnie” Grayson – for  community members and a single paying student. In 2003, the workshop moved to Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, where it remains today. The workshop has continued to grow in size and complexity, and Mountain Collegium re-incorporated in 2010 as a non-profit 501(c)(3). Mountain Collegium now has over 70 participants annually along with a thriving work study scholarship program and continues to attract a slate of talented and versatile faculty.

With over a dozen faculty members, participants have a number of course options to choose from for each of the 4 daily class periods. In the evening, participants have the opportunity to play in organized and ad hoc group playing sessions. The classes are held in the various community rooms of the dorm buildings where participants are housed. Most meaks are in the neighboring cafeteria. For more information, see the website at


July 1
July 7
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Western Carolina University
1 University Way, Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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Contact Name
Jody Miller
Contact Phone
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